SAVE THE DATE! Sept. 14 Event with Barbara McQuade

Convicting and Exposing Crooks & Criminals

Please join us on September 14 for a high impact evening with Barbara McQuade and Tresa Baldas, as they are interviewed by Carol Cain at CBS TV – Channel 62 in Southfield. These accomplished leaders will share their fascinating experiences and perspectives on defeating and exposing crime and corruption, solutions for today’s critical national and local issues and valuable advice from their successful careers in law and media.


Headlining the event is Barbara McQuade, the first woman to have served as the U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan from

2010-2017, with a number of significant case achievements. Her high-profile successes include the conviction of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and more than 30 others on public corruption charges; the life sentence of the “underwear bomber,” an Al-Qaeda operative, for attempting to blow up an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day; and a 45-year sentence for Dr. Farid Fata who lied to patients about having cancer to bill Medicare for expensive chemotherapy treatments. Barbara currently is a law professor at the University of Michigan, where she teaches criminal law and national security and is a legal analyst for MSNBC.

Tresa Baldas is an ace court reporter for the Detroit Free Press who has covered Kwame Kilpatrick, the gynecologist performing genital mutilation on teens, cyberbullies, human trafficking and the Pokémon Go trial. She diligently weighs justice issues, both the public desire to get wrong-doers off the streets and the rights of citizens to a fair trial.

Anchoring the interview discussion is Carol Cain, nine-time Emmy Award-winning Senior Producer and Host of “Michigan Matters,” the weekly show airing 11:30 a.m. Sundays on CBS 62 focusing on politics, business, education and more. Carol also is an award-winning columnist at Detroit Free Press.

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SAVE THE DATE! 2017-18 Kick-off Program

The Good Girls RevoltPay and Parity – Thursday, August 17, 2017

Join us at the Motor City Java House as we honor Diana Jacokes, a former member who was a champion for parity and a mentor to many in the communications field.

We will review the pilot of the Amazon special program about a group of women who fought against Newsweek for equal rights and hear from local Journalism Hall of Fame winner Mary Lou Butcher Casey who led – and won – a class-action suit against The Detroit News in the same fashion. A special thanks to our sponsors Linn Cummins Henkel and Lawrence Tech.

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Our goal is to develop events and programs that provide:

  • Practical topics to help you every day of your professional life
  • Expert insights to provide perspective on relevant issues
  • Opportunities to network with communicators from all disciplines

Over the past few years, some of the topics we’ve tackled include:

  • Social Media and the Law
  • Young Professionals in Communications
  • Local Authors on the National Stage
  • Investigative Journalism: Getting to the Truth
  • The Politics of Fundraising Communications
  • What’s in Your PR Toolkit?

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AWC Detroit Past Programs

March 2017 – Panel: Storytelling through Pictures

The Power of Images in a Multimedia World

  • Dr. Carol Cooper, PhD, Chair of Mass Communication Dept., Rochester College
  • Elayne Gross, President, Elayne Gross Photography
  • Steve Perez, Former Staff Photographer, Detroit News
  • Melinda Kollins, Partner, Uptown PR

Venue: Rochester College

February 2017 – Panel: Political Communications

Fiercely Divided – How we come together on important issues

  • Tim Kiska, Assoc. Professor of Journalism, University of Michigan-Dearborn; long-time election analyst
  • Aaron K. Foley, Editor, B.L.A.C. Magazine
  • John Truscott, President & Partner, Truscott Rossman
  • Kelly Rossman-McKinney, CEO & Partner, Truscott Rossman

Venue: Sila Italian Restaurant, Berkley

January 2017 – Social Networking Event

Venue: Eddie Merlot’s, Birmingham-Bloomfield

November 2016 – Panel: Social Media and the Law

Careful What You Say

  • Robin Luce-Herrmann, media attorney at Butzel Law and general counsel to the Michigan Press Association
  • Jennifer Dukarski, attorney at Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office, practicing in the areas of intellectual property, media and technology.
  • Ron Dzwonkowski, former editor of the Detroit Free Press editorial page

Venue: Law Offices of Butzel Long, Bloomfield Hills

October 2016 – Panel: Fundraising Communications

A Plan for Success

  • Jennifer Litomisky, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House of Detroit
  • Nicole Gize, Director of Campaigns, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Michigan
  • Paula Brown, Executive Director, Reading Works Detroit

Venue: Ronald McDonald House at Detroit Medical Center

September 2016 – Panel: Real Food Journalism

Insights on the Local Food Culture

  • Anabel Cohen, food writer/columnist/blogger and caterer
  • Patty LaNoue Stearns, restaurant critic, feature writer, gourmet cookbook author
  • Halle Saperstein, registered dietitian, media spokesperson

Venue: Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital demonstration kitchen

August 2016 – Writing Seminar

How to Write About Your Family without Getting Excommunicated!
Award-winning author Susan Shapiro shares tips on writing books and getting published.
Venue: Huntington Woods Public Library

June 2016 – PR Toolkit Workshop

Presented by Sue Voyles, President, Logos Communications
Venue: Women’s Business Council office, Livonia

March 2016 – Panel: Investigative Journalism in the Age of BuzzFeed

Reporting the real story when citizen journalism is pervasive and the facts can be elusive

  • Tresa Baldas, Federal Courts reporter, Detroit Free Press
  • Chastity Pratt, Urban Affairs reporter, Bridge Magazine
  • Robin Luce Herrmann, general counsel to the Michigan Press Association

Venue: Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), Southfield

February 2016 – Social Networking Event

Venue: Bosco Café and Dessert Lounge, Ferndale

October 2015 – Panel: Young Professional Speak

Millennials Rock the Communications Industry

  • Anna Leigh Clark, freelance writer for local and national publications
  • Tatiana Grant, president of Infused PR & Events; co-owner of Flash Delivery
  • Oona Goodin-Smith, then Oakland University journalism student and contributor to USA TODAY College
  • Moderator: Alicia Nails, Emmy Award-winning journalist and director of Wayne State’s Journalism Institute for Media Diversity

Venue: Motor City Java House, Detroit